Megan's law

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Megan's law,

in the United States, a state or federal statute that requires the notification of public organizations and private citizens when a convicted sex offender has been released from prison and is present in their community. Aimed primarily at stopping the abuse of children by pedophiles, the first of these laws was passed in New Jersey a year after the 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by a convicted child molester who, unknown to her family, lived across the street from them. The federal Megan's law dates from 1996, and most states have passed some version of the statute. The actual effectiveness of such laws is unclear, and they have raised concerns over whether they encourage vigilantism.
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information" requested for the Megan's Law audit, and further has pledged that your "Administration is absolutely committed to cooperating" with this audit.
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Under Megan's Law - named for a New Jersey girl raped and killed by a child molester who moved across the street from her family's home - information on sex offenders released from prison is available to the public on computers at law enforcement agencies.
Her murder sparked a campaign for a Sarah's Law, based on a similar law called Megan's Law in the United States.
Megan's Law is named after tragic seven-year-old Megan Kanka - raped and strangled by a paedophile who lived in the same street.
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Miller, Auditor General Jack Wagner, and Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that their offices will immediately begin working together to ensure that the Commonwealth is performing its responsibilities to protect Pennsylvania families through Megan's Law.
Attorney General Dan Lungren will announce the state's plans for Megan's Law Friday, June 27, at 10 a.
ABUSE survivor Christine Buckley yesterday begged Justice Minister Dermot Ahern: Listen to the people and bring in Megan's Law.
Whether or not a version of Megan's Law would have saved Sarah is impossible to know, but her abduction and murder was not an isolated incident.
So, yes, our state is still filled with these dangerous criminals, as a quick look at the Megan's Law Web site makes all too clear.